tv Early Start With John Berman and Christine Romans CNN March 28, 2014 2:00am-3:01am PDT
breaking news overnight. the search for missing malaysia airlines flight 370 shift ed, moved nearly 700 miles northeast from where investigators had been searching for days. new clues indicating the plane was flying much faster than previously thought and may have gone down sooner. now this morning planes and ships searching for the vanished jetliner. we have live, team coverage on all the latest breaking developments. good morning, everyone. welcome to "early start." i'm poppy harlow.
>> i'm christine romans. it is friday, march 28th. it is 5:00 a.m. in the east. >> and we begin with major breaking news, a shift in the hunt for malaysian flight 370. the search has moved to a new area of the indian ocean, 680 miles to the northeast. based on what australian officials say is new, credible evidence. aircraft and ships now being deployed to the new search zone. officials say new radar analysis suggested the plane was traveling faster than previous estimates, in the process burning more fuel and flying a shorter distance in the indian ocean. let's get straight to andrew stevens. he is live for us in perth, australia. andrew, the only positive part of this seems to be the fact that this new search area is pretty significantly closer to land, which means that those aircraft, the p-8, p-3, et cetera, will have more time over the search zone. is that correct? >> reporter: that's correct, poppy, and that is crucial, because the more time they get
on, the more eyes they get on in this area, the better chance they have of actually finding something. at this stage, no satellite information at all. satellites are being repositioned to look in this area, which is some 700 miles north of the earlier zone. there are aircraft there and there are ships on the way. this is an area the size of poland. it's about 120,000 square miles, so it is still a very big chunk of ocean. but it has been quite an extraordinary day here. the focus, as we all know now, has been so much on this far southern end of the southern corridor. we've had numerous satellite pictures showing some sort of objects on the surface of the sea. you know, descriptions have been like bright objects, solid objects, which could be associated with mh-370. now, the australians, when they released this information about this massive search change, they were asked about, well, what does it mean, about all this
debris, all that time spent looking in the wrong area, effectively? this is what they had to say. >> we have not seen any debris, and i would not wish to classify any of the satellite imagery as debris, nor would i want to classify any of the few visual sightings that we made as debris, and that's just not justifiable from what we have seen. so -- >> parewould you say the search date has been a waste of time, given that it's been focusing on that southwest area? >> the search to date has been what we had at the time. and i might add, that's actually nothing unusual for search-and-rescue operations. >> reporter: now, what he's saying was the search was based on the information they had at the time. someone asked him, do you mean that that search down there was a complete waste of time? and he says, well, no, because we have to work on what we have at the time. as information continues to trickle out so slowly -- as we
now know, this radar information, the malaysians picked up that plane by radar. they didn't see it in realtime, they told us weeks ago, but they did after flight 3 70 went missing from the usual transponder information, they did pick up this image of an unidentified plane flying back across in the direction of the indian ocean. that information, as far as we understand here, poppy, that's the information which has now been reanalyzed, and the information coming back from that is the plane was flying faster, burning more fuel. hence, it went into the sea short of that initial search target. heartbreaking, of course, for the families. they must be wondering, well, what can we trust? we've been told, the italian prime minister was saying this is credible information ten days ago. it turns out, that information wasn't credible. how credible is this new information? only time can tell at this stage. >> and just mooringre agony and questions for all those left behind. thank you, andrew, appreciate
it. >> so, does this shift in the hunt for flight 370 put the 21-day search and investigation back at square one? cnn's jim clancy live in kuala lumpur. and you know, they've moved the square, quite frankly. when you look at our screen, you look at our graphics, you can see 700 miles is where they've moved this search zone. so, does it feel as though investigators are at the beginning again, jim? >> reporter: there is that sense that we're going back to the original data. we are perhaps, perhaps -- we don't know this -- adding new data, new satellite handshake information, whatever, inputting that and then determining this is a better place to be looking. but you know, as andrew was pointing out, and as you pointed out, christine, this is really tough on the families. right now we understand that they are getting a briefing from malaysian air officials, perhaps from malaysian government officials as well at one of the hotels here. and we understand from sara
sidner, who's been covering those families, that some of them have begun to leave. these people are exhausted. some of them are at the point of sickness, just because they have been trying to follow this story, trying to get the information they need, and it hasn't been forthcoming. after three weeks, some are giving up and going home. but we're hoping to hear in a briefing coming up in about 30 minutes time, exactly what this new data means. how much faster was the plane going? is there new radar imagery that is perhaps giving us a better indication of what happened aboard the aircraft? because once again, this really opens up all of the options, once again -- a hijacking, a catastrophic mechanical failure, pilots taking it, diverting it off course, or perhaps, even a combination of issues inside the cockpit, which somehow, some way explain what happened to flight 370.
back to you, christine. >> and again, in about 24 minutes, we're expecting, jim, to have that press conference. we didn't have one yesterday, but this has become sort of the rhythm, quite frankly, of the last 21 days, these 5:30 a.m. press conferences. it's evening time there. so, we'll have you monitor that and we'll watch it as well. thanks, jim. >> well, the flight 370 families have been told the flight crashed in the indian ocean, but 21 days into the search, there is still no tangible proof of it. as we were just talking about, a meeting between malaysia airline officials and the families has just wrapped up in beijing. let's go to our david mckenzie, live in beijing. what do we know from what happened at that meeting? you know, that's interesting that that happened right ahead of this expected press conference coming up in less than half an hour. so, you'd assume they want to brief the families first before holding that press conference. >> reporter: well, that's right, and these meetings also have been a rhythm of this process, and the interesting thing that's developed here is that the meeting was cut short because hundreds of family members stood up and walked out, leaving the rather unfortunate image of rows
and rows of empty chairs with the malaysian officials briefing nobody. the family members, one at least, said that the people responsible for this will receive their "due punishment." you know, there's been a great deal of criticism of malaysian airlines and the malaysian authorities. they say they're doing their bit, but earlier today i spoke to sarah bajc, who is the partner of american phil wood, who was on that plane, and she says it was a real shock when she received the news that the plane went down via text message. >> i don't know a better way to explain it but that i felt like i was just pushed, pushed over the edge of the cliff and i was falling. so, it was an extreme shock. and then to watch the press conference -- because i mean, to me, it was the message that it was over, that everybody was dead and all of this hope that i had been putting forward and all of the energy i've been pushing forward to be positive and hopeful had just been wasted,
and it was done, you know? so, i think i crashed into a point of crisis. >> reporter: well, certainly, now it appears the families have banded together. they have leaders here in beijing, and they're putting up a united front against the malaysian airlines and malaysian authorities. so, certainly not giving an inch, as it were. and they just demand answers, answers, it seems, that no one can give them. poppy and christine? >> david, i do wonder -- we'll learn more during that live press conference, but were you able to be in the room to hear what was said that caused so many of those family members to leave? or you weren't allowed in and then they left and told you just how frustrated they were? >> reporter: well, the media is not allowed in now. they were shuffled out. but certainly, i was in there prior to the people leaving. and it's mostly been a technical discussion, an explanation of what a black box is, an explanation of the latest search
area and why they are doing it. so, they are at great pains to give information to the family members, and it appears this walkout was a predetermined decision by those family members. >> okay. okay. understood. thank you very much, david. we appreciate it and we'll get back to you soon. >> all right, more on the search for missing malaysia airlines flight 370 throughout the morning and this new search area. but first, president obama just hours from what could prove to be a tense, difficult meeting. he is sitting down one on one with the leader of saudi arabia. we are live as the president heads from rome to riyadh. okay, listen up! i'm re-workin' the menu. mayo? corn dogs? you are so outta here! aah! [ female announcer ] the complete balanced nutrition of great-tasting ensure. 24 vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, and 9 grams of protein. [ bottle ] ensure®. nutrition in charge™. here's another. try charmin ultra strong. thanks mom! make me proud honey! [ female announcer ] charmin ultra strong has a duraclean texture and it's four times stronger than the leading bargain brand.
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traveling with the president and joins us from rome. what can we expect from today's meeting? do we have details? >> reporter: not much has been discussed by the white house in terms of what exactly will be discussed, and it will be in private, and we also don't expect to hear a press conference afterward. there had been several along this trip. it almost feels like a world tour, because the president has met with so many world leaders, not only in europe, but in asia, and now, obviously, the middle east, but we're hoping the white house will provide a readout. we know saudi arabia has been such an important ally in that region, not always an easy relationship, especially as the u.s. role has changed in the region. the u.s. has drawn troops out of iraq and afghanistan, striving for energy independence now. and in other ways, like reaching out diplomatically to iran, which saudi arabia doesn't agree with, and saudi arabia was also hoping to the u.s. would intervene militarily in syria. that's been another big issue.
so, it's been talked about much, these sort of tensions that haven't exploded into the forefront or anything like that, but definitely have strained the relationship in some ways. it's been said, in fact, if you asked the two powers what the biggest, destabilizing concern in that region, the u.s. would likely say iran, but saudi arabia might say the muslim brotherhood. and of course, america's relationship has changed with other nations in that region after the arab spring. so, there's a lot of difference of opinion within the region also, and that's one reason why the u.s. isn't going to meet with a number of gulf states at once, just saudi arabia on this trip. so, again, we'll have to see what is talked about and what the white house reveals later. human rights also another issue that saudi arabia and the u.s. do not agree upon. >> let's discuss that, and as we do, i want to bring our viewers live coverage of the president's plane, air force one there parked in rome awaiting the
president. it will shortly depart and land in riyadh thereafter. i also know, michelle, you'll also be taking off shortly to go as well with the president. but let me ask you this, on the human rights front -- as you mentioned, saudi arabia the only place in the world where women are not allowed to drive, so you have that as a major difference between the united states and saudi arabia, also the issue of gay rights in the two countries. >> reporter: yeah, and a couple of things have come up, just sort of in tandem with this trip, the fact that that protest goes on every year where a few women take to the streets and drive, and sometimes that video turns up on youtube. i mean, it really is shocking sometimes in the u.s. when we're reminded that that is the case there and that continues. and this is one of our allies. and we were just talking about that amongst ourselves. sometimes it's funny when there are issues in a region that need to be dealt with right away, how we sometimes put human rights, and big ones like that, longstanding human rights
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welcome back. we are following breaking news this morning in the search for flight 370. overnight, australian officials announcing a major shift in that search to a different area of the indian ocean based on "new credible information." the new search zone is 680 miles northeast of where search operations had begun and been going for days. new radar analysis suggests the plane was traveling faster than previously thought, therefore, burning more fuel and shortening
the possible distance it flew south into the indian ocean. cleaning up this morning in and around trenton, missouri. a powerful storm, possibly a tornado, striking near that town. several homes were damaged or destroyed, but no one seriously injured. crews are now working to restore power to residents and businesses in the area. >> wow, devastating. >> could be straight-line winds, but boy, that looks ugly there. >> right. >> no one was hurt. that's the good news. >> that's amazing. well, jennifer gray is in for indra petersons today, has a look at your forecast. powerful images. >> those are nasty pictures. we had eight or nine preliminary tornado reports yesterday in northern missouri and southern iowa, and we could see more severe weather today and tomorrow as this storm system continues to push to the east. actually seeing rain anywhere from upstate new york all the way down to the gulf coast, even seeing some snow at some of the higher elevations. severe weather possible again today, and the bull's eye is going to be on the gulf coast, anywhere from south texas all the way to the florida panhandle and up to northern arkansas,
possibility of severe weather. we have that very warm gulf air colliding with that cold front. we could see the possibility of large hail, damaging winds, even an isolated tornado for the gulf coast today. it pushes to the east coast tomorrow. and as we track this storm system, you can see rain all along the coast, but then this low continues to push off, so we'll get a second wave. and the rain just lingers saturday into sunday, all over the east coast and to the northeast. if there's any good news in all of this, it doesn't look like there's going to be very cold air behind it. temperatures are going to stay pretty mild, but it's a trade-off, because we're going to get the rain for the weekend. >> lovely weekend ahead. >> yeah. >> thanks. >> lovely weekend ahead. thank you, jennifer, appreciate it. we have more breaking news ahead for you this morning. a pretty dramatic shift in the search for missing malaysia airlines flight 370. we're going to bring you a live update from the malaysian government in minutes. when you have diabetes like i do,
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and intensive search. while search operations are ongoing, we continue to focus our efforts on caring for the families. in cabinet this morning, we discussed the importance of continuing to support the relatives of the passengers and the crew. on monday, the prime minister announced that based on new data analysis, inmarsat and the aaib concluded that mh-370 flew along the southern corridor and that its last position was in the middle of the indian ocean, west of perth. on tuesday, i confirmed that further study of this data will be undertaken to attempt to determine the final position of the aircraft. the malaysian investigation team set up an international working group, comprising of agencies
with expertise in satellite communications and aircraft performance to take this work forward. the international working group included representatives from the uk, inmarsat, aaib and rolls royce. from china, namely ccac and aaid, and from the u.s., namely ntsb, faa and boeing, as well as the relevant malaysian authorities. the group has been working to refine the inmarsat data and to analyze it. together with other information, including radar data and aircraft performance assumptions to narrow further the search area. information which had already been examined by the investigation was re-examined in light of new evidence drawn from the inmarsat data analysis. in addition, international
partners who continue to process data in their own countries as well as in the international working group, have further refined their data. they have also come up with new technical information, for example, on aircraft performance. yesterday, this processed in new results, indicating that mh-370 flew at a higher speed than previously thought, which in turn means it used more fuel and could not travel as far. this information was passed to rcc australia by the ntsb to help further refine and narrow the search area. the australian authorities have indicated that they have shifted the search area approximately 1,100 kilometers to the northeast. because of ocean drift, this new search area could still be consistent with the potential objects identified by various satellite images over the past week. this work is ongoing, and we can
expect further refinements. as the australian authorities indicated this morning, this is standard practice in a search operation. it is a process of continually refining data, which, in turn, further narrows the search area. with each step, we get closer to understanding mh-370's flight path. searches must be conducted on the best information available at the time. and in the search for mh-370, we have consistently followed the evidence and acted on credible leads. our search-and-rescue efforts have been directed by very refined and corroborated information and this is no different. last night, japanese authorities announced they had satellite images which showed a number of floating objects approximately 2,500 kilometers southwest of perth. early this morning, we received separate satellite imagery from the thai authorities, which also
showed potential objects. these new satellite images joined those released by australia, by china, by france and malaysia, all of which are with rcc australia. the range of potential objects and the difficulty in reidentifying them shows just how complex this investigation is. we remain grateful to all our partners for continuing to assist in the search operations. ladies and gentlemen, the new search area, approximately 1,680 kilometers west of perth, remains in the australian area of responsibility. australia continues to lead the search efforts in this new area, and australian maritime safety authority gave a comprehensive operational update earlier today. as more information emerges, they will be issuing frequent operational updates, including on assets deployment.
i would like to quote the statements that the new search area, although more focused than before, remains considerable, and that the search conditions, although easier than before, remain challenging. for the families of those on board, we pray that further processing of data and further progressing the search itself brings us closer to finding mh-370. thank you. >> okay, ladies and gentlemen, for q&a session, we will start from this side, please. front. yes, please. thank you. please, could you stand up? [ speaking foreign language ]
[ speaking foreign language ] >> we are going to monitor this press conference. the q&a, as you can hear, not in english there, but we'll monitor it and bring you any more significant develop haents. but just to recap here -- >> the headline, i think, you know, he says the new search area's more focused, but still considerable. >> and still challenging. >> he says conditions are better, but it's still challenging, and that's the key here. they've been processing the data. they've been refining the data. he's trying to explain why it's a new search and why things have been changing. >> yeah. >> processing the data, refining the data, but new technical information on the aircraft performance -- >> right. >> how fast it was flying, how much fuel it was using, has caused them to change the search area. >> and what they have said is they have further refined technical data, so this is data they've essentially had for weeks, but they are looking
closer and closer at it, as only they can with time, saying they reassessed the information, the inmarsat, that satellite data showing them that this plane actually traveled faster than originally thought, therefore, did not go as far south into the indian ocean as they thought. and therefore, they believe it is in an area 680 miles away from the originally thought area, so in that red box you're seeing on your screen, which is a little bit closer to land, to australia, which is the only silver lining here, because it gives those search planes less travel time to the significant area and more time to look into it for any signs of possible debris. >> before we go to andrew stevens in perth, i just want to listen quickly here. >> -- by the boeing team in washington state. and they have looked at the records of the aircraft since the aircraft took off. and from that, they have come one the speed of the aircraft
higher than what they have done before, we have done before. therefore, the aircraft would not be as far as what we determined to be and is only about the northern side of the area of the satellite sightings of the objects. and these are very, very a lot of work done by boeing, together with ntsb and our working team in malaysia, and that's the reason why they point out to the areas they are setting today. and the complexity of the objects, if we find it, if the aircraft are able to see the objects and able to be picked up by the ships, then it is easier for all of us. but unfortunately, the objects sighted by the satellite are unable to be verified by the aircraft and also by the ships
that are searching for them in those areas that are identified by the satellites. thank you. >> second. first one, yeah. thank you. >> on page 370 is in agreement with china at night. have they responded in response with israel? and the second question -- >> okay, so, we've been listening to this kproexpress conference, it's been routine, 5:30, they have this press conference with boeing, malaysia airlines and others. one thing we were noting that he said that's interesting, the ocean drift indicates that previous satellite images that we've been telling you about over the past few days may still be consistent with this new search area, this new search area 700 miles to the north and slightly west than it was before. >> meaning they may be something, that they may have --
when they took those images, they were in a different location, and possibly, right, those images are now there in the red box area. but remember, we do not have any satellite images of this new search area, which is in that red box, which is -- just checking the numbers here -- 319,000 square kilometers big. to give you a sense still of what we're talking about. i want to bring in andrew stevens, live for us in perth, australia. talking about the magnitude of this, first your assessment of what you heard in that press conference, if you could hear it. and then also, the fact as you've said throughout the morning, we're still dealing with a search area the size of poland. >> reporter: that's right. it is still an enormous -- it's 120,000 square miles, poppy. and you two were right, i think, to pick up on the fact that what the minister was saying is that these earlier satellite images we have been talking about from the southern zone may actually still be these same objects, which may have drifted into this
new area. so, they're looking at ocean drifts. i think that's critical, because that keeps some dots, what few dots we have, joined together, that what was identified before as potential objects, suspicious objects, as they've been calling them, are actually still in the frame here. they may have drifted. that's why they haven't been picked up since being spotted by the satellites. they may have drifted into or towards, at least, this new search zone. the other point about this is that the minister reaffirming that what this new zone is -- why it was set up, it's nothing to do really with new information, it's all about drilling down, mining the existing information they have, talking to boeing, getting more specifics on the performance of that plane and also talking about what else could be used to help that plane. now, if you look at the area, it's huge. there are planes now over that zone, poppy. there are ten aircraft there.
there's one search ship also. it's actually a smaller craft. it's a chinese craft, which is actually on site now. the bulk of the vessels which are going to that area, which are being redeployed from the southern end, are expected to start arriving by tomorrow. so, there's going to be a bit of a gap there. satellites are also being now retasked to look at that area, as yet at this hour, it's now 5:45 p.m. here. planes are now returning. we haven't heard anything of interest as far as objects are being spotted. >> you know, so interesting, too, you know, boeing a big part of this, obviously, because boeing made this aircraft, right? so it wants to find out exactly what happened, and it has all of this technical ability to be able to do analysis of the performance of aircraft under different situations. you have malaysian airlines, you have the malaysian government, you have the chinese government, the american government, the australian government. >> so many. >> it's remarkable to me how much different information is coming from so many different places, and to try to distill it
so that they can be coordinated in this effort, it really is remarkable, isn't it? >> reporter: it is. it's extraordinary, if you think about that list. the ntsb's involved. so many government agencies from so many countries are now involved, dealing with so much sensitive information as well. a lot of these images coming to them from radar, from military radar, and countries don't likely give up their radar images, which ould suggest what their radar capabilities are very likely. so, this is an international cooperation. think about it. there is chinese search aircraft and japanese search aircraft being coordinated by the australians, working together, effectively, to find a malaysian plane. there are many, many tensions, regional tensions, in the asian part of the world. the japanese and the chinese obviously taking the headlines at the moment. but the whole south china sea, there are a lot of tensions about ownership, territorial rights there, which involve
malaysia, which involve many other countries. so, to have this sort of cooperation is probably unprecedented, to be honest, to see that. to see the operations going the way they are. >> putting the territorial disputes to rest for the near term -- [ everyone talking at once ] >> reporter: sorry, go on. >> putting the territorial disputes to rest is something that even a few months ago you couldn't have imagined. but in tragedy and trying to solve it, certainly starting to put the right priorities, the priorities of the family first and foremost. thank you so much, andrew. >> andrew, thank you. and just the headline again here. they said that some of that debris that was spotted in satellites over the last, say seven days or so, could have drifted because of the ocean drifts, to that new search area, as andrew said, possibly, possibly connecting the few dots we have here. we'll be right back. predibut, manufacturings a prettin the united states do. means advanced technology. we learned that technology allows us to be craft oriented.
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680 miles away from where they had been searching just a couple days ago. now officials say this is based on new, credible lead. >> all right, joining us from london now, former pilot and aviation consultant alastair rosensche rosenschein. you've been with us for the past few days, sir, giving us really good insight. i just wanted -- and let me know if you didn't hear this, the news that we just got in from the press conference here, but they are talking about that new search area, the red zone, if we can, shown on the screen. >> a new target area, really. >> a new target area here, but they're also saying that that search area could be consistent with the debris spotted elsewhere, about 680 miles away from the satellite images. what do you make of this new news, now that we know, according to radar information, that this plane was traveling faster than originally thought, and therefore, would have run out of fuel more quickly? >> well, you're quite right. if an aircraft departs from its optimum speed and altitude, it will, indeed, burn more fuel, and therefore, fly a shorter
distance. but look, i don't want to throw something in the works here, but there should be -- all along there must be two search areas, one for floating debris, which is proof that the aircraft, that this is actually the aircraft, and the other one, of course, is for the flight director and cockpit voice recorder, which are the real discovery here, because that will give a very, very good clue, if not a perfect explanation as to what happened here. the floating debris can give -- if they find bits of the aircraft floating, they'll be able to discover whether there's any smoke damage, any explosive damage, or you know, other breakup of the aircraft, other than when it hit the water. but the real clues will always remain with those black boxes. >> right. >> and so, there must be two search areas. >> so, if you find debris, you can work backwards as well. you look at the currents, the eddi eddies, the speed, the time that's passed.
you try to pinpoint where that plane could have gone down. the search area they're looking for now, that target area, still, as andrew stevens has reported, is the size of poland. if you're talking about, you know, hydrophones trying to pick up sounds, you know, still, that is a very large search area, very difficult as time runs out to try to find that data that's so critical. >> well, the radio beacon from the flight director has a range of about 10 kilometers, but without that beacon, you're looking for something the size of a shoe box on the ocean floor. so, quite frankly, it's much better to go and look for it now and not waste time. and i'm sure they are looking for it now, than to wait until the transmitter has ceased to function. once that happens, it's going to be really, really difficult to find, and they may never find these flight recorders. there is also, the malaysian authorities have been saying this may have been a deliberate act, in which case, even when
they find them, it's possible, just possible, they might have been disabled. >> do you still think this is a deliberate act? you personally have said that you think it's human activity here. >> look, to be frank, you know, one cannot know. i originally suspected that it was a double pilot incapacitation. in other words, there's no one controlling the aircraft, because they passed out, presumably because of my poxy or something similar, but it could equally be a hijacking, or perhaps a suicide. you know, one cannot know, and you know, it is a crystal ball. the more data you get, the more you can refine, you know, rule out certain things and then leave in what it may be. but speculation is essential in order to try to find the aircraft in the first place. >> good point. >> without that, where does one start? >> alastair rosenschein, thank you so much. >> we appreciate it. let's go to jennifer gray now, because she's in for indra petersons. she's been looking at the
weather over the search area. tell us -- you heard the headlines from that press conference, talking about the fact that the debris that was, possible debris that was spotted over the last weeks or so in the satellite images could still be consistent with the new search area? what do you make of that, given what you know about the currents and the weather patterns? >> well, the currents where they're talking about the new search area being definitely far less fierce than what we were talking about with the acc, that very strong west-to-east current. it's a long way to drift, but it is a very wild ocean, and so, it is possible. i think it's much better if the plane did go down in the new search area box. i think it will be much easier for folks to get out there and search not only above the ocean but under the ocean. so, it is going to be definitely positive. >> and debris could have floated -- so we're clear here, what people are looking at, that red box, they're saying that in that -- >> if the plane went down there -- >> if it went down there, would it be consistent with the
currents that the debris would have, could have drifted to the green area where those satellite images were taken? >> it could have. there's really not a dominanting current right there. so, you're basically relying on winds, relying on storms, small eddies. it's more of a drifting than something actually shoving it in that direction. so, it is possible. it is a long way. >> right. >> but definitely, it's not impossible. >> and they haven't found anything. thank you, jennifer gray. and they haven't found anything. the other thing is that overnight, officials from australia were saying, look, we've gone and searched those other two green zones on the map. >> right. >> and we have not found anything. our planes and our ships have not found anything. so, that's another part of this story, too. >> and now they are focused on that red area, again, the size of poland. this is challenging, this is extensive, but as the malaysian transportation minister said, this is "more focused" than before. >> more news and headlines after the break. ♪ [ male announcer ] when fixed income experts... ♪ ...work with equity experts...
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are.ing to a slightly higher open for stocks. tech stocks have been the big story this month. it was a strong year so far, then a rough march. look at the chart of the tech-heavy nasdaq. one tech stock to watch today, amazon. "wall street journal's" reporting the company may come out with a video streaming service to compete with netflix and hulu. amazon, it's not -- well, let's just say it's not jumping up and down, saying yes, yes, yes! it says it has no plans for a free streaming media service, but the company is planning to announce a new video streaming device similar to apple tv next week, so watch amazon. >> but interesting story. always interesting to follow what that company does. >> absolutely. >> that will do it for us on "early start." have a great weekend. have a great weekend. "new day" starts right now. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com mh-370 flew at a higher speed than previously thought, which in turn means used more
fuel and could not travel as far. a dramatic shift. the search for flight 370 now moved. saying it moved faster than previously thought and didn't make it as far. >> so why did it take so long to figure this out? and are all the satellite images of debris worthless? president obama on his way saudi arabia amid strained relations between the two nations. we're live with the latest. your "new day" starts right now. good morning and welcome to "new day." it is friday, march 28th. 6:00 in the east. glad to be back. very long trip back. thanks guys. john berman in for chris cuomo.
a press conference just wrapping up in malaysia. this is breaking news just this morning. the search area has now moved almost 700 miles northeast after new analysis that alters how much fuel was burned and how fast the plane was going. >> they are going into great detail about why they changed the search. they say it comes from a large working group from around the world and the search has been wasted on the -- based on the best information they've had up until now. the images could still be drifting debris. let's start with andrew stevens live in perth, australia. >> reporter: certainly getting news to the twists and turns. today, it really